Half a lifetime ago . . .
before Lech Walesa and Duran Duran
before flares went out, then came in again
before Gazza’s tears, and Botham’s Ashes
before Reagan, and Clinton, and both the Bushes
before capitalism’s triumph and communism’s failure,
before Gordon and Jamie and Heston (though not Delia),
before Thatcher came in and the miners went out
before Starbucks, and Costa, and Subway, and Pret
before Star Wars began, before Harry Potter
before Google, and Facebook, and Flickr and Twitter
before the last three popes and Princess Diana
before global warming, Sting, and Madonna
. . . a boy asked a girl to go for a drink,
and she went,
it all kicked off.